All White?

Love the ruffle and bow at the neckline! Image courtesy Alfred Angelo.

Here’s another bit of interesting historical wedding trivia for you: Queen Victoria’s bridesmaids all wore white to her wedding! At first I wasn’t so sure about this idea—would the bride stand out enough? It is her moment to shine after all. However, after finding numerous examples of totally stylish all-white wedding parties on the web, I think I might be coming around to the concept. The key to success? Make sure the bridesmaids’ white dresses are distinctly different from your own gown. For instance, if you’re wearing a full-length dress, put them in shorties, or vice versa. Another option? Accent their dresses with a splash of colour such as a satin ribbon tied at the waist, or choose dresses that are simple and less embellished than your own. Lastly, fabric is a great way to create distinction. If you’re wearing lace, choose laid-back cotton or lustrous satin for your girls. I’ve rounded up a few fashionable white bridesmaids’ dresses for you to peruse. So, what do you think of putting your bridesmaids in white? Is it a definite do or a disastrous no-no?

The perfect modern silhouette. Image courtesy J. Crew.

Add a touch of colour with a ribbon sash. Image courtesy Vera Wang.


5 comments on “All White?
  1. Rhonda says:

    I wore a pink wedding dress, so we did think of putting the girls all in white. We thought it would be interesting to see the guests watch the girls all walk down in white, then see me show up in pink.

  2. Rosalba says:

    I think it’s a great idea to have white dresses for all. You could also do coloured shawls for the girls and their bouquets could be very different from the bride’s too-to set them apart.

  3. Emily says:

    I’ve never even THOUGHT about white bridesmaids’ dresses! With a coloured sash and flowers though they could look quite lovely – if they were definitely a VERY different style than the bride’s dress. :)

  4. Nicole Keen says:

    Hey Ladies,

    Thanks so much for your comments!

    Emily, I agree, the dresses would have to be quite different! It’s still your moment in the spotlight after all. :)

    Maria, I like the idea of turning the tradition upside down! If you’re wearing a coloured dress, it could be really neat to have your girls wear white!

  5. Maria says:

    YES! I’ve thought of this before because I always wanted to see myself wearing a coloured dress for my wedding. Thanks Nicole for this blog.

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